John and Mary

John and Mary

Director: Peter Yates

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Michael Tolan

     
 
John and Mary attracted a great deal of press coverage in 1969 for being the one of the first American films in which the male and female leads (Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow) start out the film by spending the night together, rather than holding off until the end. The morning after, the boy and girl wander about New York, wondering if they'll truly commit

Overview

John and Mary attracted a great deal of press coverage in 1969 for being the one of the first American films in which the male and female leads (Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow) start out the film by spending the night together, rather than holding off until the end. The morning after, the boy and girl wander about New York, wondering if they'll truly commit themselves to one another. Both characters are haunted by unsuccessful earlier affairs, and both have enough hang-ups to fill volumes of psychological textbooks. Come nightfall, John and Mary end up back in bed...and learn each other's names for the first time. John and Mary was considered "beautiful," "progressive" and "significant" in the permissive 1960s; nowadays it's about as controversial as The CBS Morning News. The DVD was released under 20th Century Fox's Cinema Classics Collection and contains an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture and bonus photo galleries.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
John and Mary comes across as quite dated when seen today; for some that will be too big a hurdle to overcome, for others it may add to their interest in and appreciation of the film. Certainly, John and Mary succeeds in capturing some of the zeitgeist late '60s society and late '60s American moviemaking. As a time capsule of either or both, it is quite interesting. As timeless drama, however, the film is less effective. It's a bit too self-conscious; one gets the feeling that the creators were trying too hard to create something "new" or "different." Commendably, director Peter Yates decides to relate the tale in an unhurried manner, letting the film proceed at its own pace and opening up the possibility that the audience can simply be drawn into a study of two characters. Unfortunately, these characters and their problems are not interesting enough to warrant this approach, and after a while it simply emphasizes their shallowness. Fortunately, Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow are on hand, both offering very honest, affecting performances that indicate a depth to the characters that is not to be found in the writing, and make much of the movie work better than it should. As a character study, John and Mary is quite flawed, but it succeeds as a showcase for two talented actors.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
UPC:
0024543412045
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
57,602

Special Features

Photo galleries:; Behind the scenes; Production; Publicity

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman John
Mia Farrow Mary
Michael Tolan James
Sunny Griffin Ruth
Stanley Beck Ernest
Tyne Daly Hilary
Alix Elias Jane
Marian Mercer Mags Elliot
Susan Taylor Minnie
Olympia Dukakis John's Mother
Marilyn Chris His Wife
Richard Clarke Charlie
Cleavon Little Film Director
Carl Parker Tennis Player
Kristoffer Tabori Boy Scout
Julie Garfield Fran
Marvin Lichterman Dean

Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Jones Alan Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Songwriter
Irving Buchman Makeup
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Mervyn Jones Screenwriter
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Ben Kadish Producer
Frank Keller Editor
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
John Mortimer Screenwriter
Gayne Rescher Cinematographer
Philip Smith Set Decoration/Design
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Wightman Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- John and Mary
1. Main Titles/Good Morning [6:48]
2. Pickup Scene [4:15]
3. Extreme Caution [4:04]
4. Small Talk [:41]
5. I See [3:47]
6. Too Easy [2:54]
7. Roommate Logistics [3:29]
8. Distinct Advantage [:44]
9. Twenty Questions [2:24]
10. Now What? [7:41]
11. Phone Calls [1:36]
12. Who's Ruth? [2:37]
13. Faux Pas [2:56]
14. Perfect Afternoon [5:28]
15. Time to Go [2:11]
16. Needy People [4:20]
17. What's She Like? [3:40]
18. Frantic Search [2:12]
19. No More Running [7:59]
20. John and Mary/End Titles [1:11]

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